Carrier Selection Guidelines


To be eligible to haul freight for Backhaul Direct, the carrier must:

  1. Have active common or contract carrier operating authority
  2. Not have broker or freight forwarder operating authority
  3. Have active operating authority for more than six months

Special Circumstances: Carriers with Active Operating Authority less than 6 months, a reference check can be done to determine the carrier’s eligibility.

Carrier must:

  1. Have a satisfactory safety rating (carriers with no safety rating may be considered)
  2. Not have a conditional safety rating
  3. Not have an unsatisfactory safety rating

Carrier must not have any negative reports on the following carrier monitoring websites:

  1. Carrier 411
  2. Internet Truckstop
  3. TIA Watchdog
  4. TransCore’s CarrierWatch


The carrier will receive a new carrier setup packet that MUST be completely filled out. The new carrier setup packet will be faxed to the carrier's main office. Upon receipt of the completed packet, the following will be inspected:

  1. The broker/carrier contract will be filled out and signed; no items can be changed without approval from Backhaul Direct management.
  2. The carrier has provided a copy of their operating authority and federal W-9 certificate.
  3. The carrier has provided proof of cargo and liability insurance. Minimum cargo insurance coverage is $100,000 USD. Minimum liability insurance coverage is $1,000,000. Reefer breakdown insurance is required for all temperature-controlled loads.
  4. The Backhaul Direct carrier questionnaire is completed including all general contact and reference information.

Backhaul Direct will request to be named as a certificate holder from the carrier's insurance agent. When possible, Backhaul Direct will be named as Additional Insured. The certificate will be emailed or faxed and a hard copy will be mailed to Backhaul Direct.

Other items may be requested from the carrier based on the type and requirements of the load.


Backhaul Direct cannot send rate confirmation to the carrier until all of the listed items are complete and submitted.